Pastor Phil Hutchings of His Tabernacle Family Church in Saint John, New Brunswick was arrested today following his refusal to enforce COVID restrictions upon his congregation.
Places of worship in the Atlantic province are required to enforce contact tracing, masking, social distancing, along with a restriction on capacity limits and a prohibition on singing.
Pastor Phil will be held in provincial custody until his next hearing, scheduled for October 22.
His Tabernacle Family Church was ordered closed on Thanksgiving Monday, with some regions in the province being thrown into a 14-day “circuit breaker” lockdown ahead of the holiday long weekend. Another pastor at the church, Cody Butler, was arrested on Thanksgiving Sunday while delivering his sermon.
Butler was later released after agreeing to terms with a court.
If you're interested in showing your support for Pastor Phil Hutchings, you can sign our petition at SavePastorPhil.com. To donate towards helping Pastor Phil fight his charges, visit FightTheFines.com. Donations made to Fight The Fines are eligible for a tax receipt through The Democracy Fund, a registered Canadian charity.